(Japan 1955 – )
85.0 x 85.0 cm image; 100.0 x 96.0 cm sheet
Sakohata wants to plant seeds of dreams in his heart, so that flowers will blossom and he can pursue his dreams forever.
Colour and light play a crucial role in Sakohata's work. In this print the light pulsates from a hidden source, the origin of life. The phenomena of growth and energy are captured in the expanding petals of what would appear to be a lotus, the most revered of blossoms, symbolic of the purity of the Buddhist doctrine. The iconic structure, mystical light and colours, and geometric forms create a visionary abstract reality that induces an expansion of consciousness. The image is an updated version of a yantra, the tantric diagram of prescribed shapes that are used as aids for concentration to elicit spiritual awareness.
Tantric art and its symbolism was a source of inspiration for many Western Abstract Expressionists, for example Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Paul Klee. Symbolic tantric forms include the square (symbol of order) and the oval (symbol of the cosmic egg). In its composition and mystical space this image undeniably has the resonance of a tantric style schematic diagram of the universe.
Sakohata was born in Hiroshima and now lives in Osaka where he had studied at the Osaka University of Fine Arts.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 85.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 82 (colour illus.), 85. cat. no. 50
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